Council rejects development plans for Goldicott House

Brisbane City Council’s City Planning Committee has today refused an application for subdivision of a heritage-listed site in Toowong.

City Planning Chairman Councillor Matthew Bourke said plans for subdivision and a new residential home at the site at 65 Grove Crescent, Toowong had not met Council’s strict criteria for use of a Local Heritage Place.

“Council is committed to keeping Brisbane a great place to live work and relax – and preserving our city’s heritage buildings is an important part of this,” Cr Bourke said.

“The development application proposed subdividing the 12340 square metre lot, demolishing the former music building fronting Grove Crescent and conversion of the retained heritage convent building into a residential home.

“During its assessment, Council considered 123 submissions, including a submission from the National Trust, outlining concerns about heritage implications.”

Cr Bourke said Goldicott House was historically significant for Brisbane and was listed on both the Brisbane and state-wide heritage registers.

“Goldicott House was the first poured concrete house built in Brisbane and is listed on both the Queensland and Brisbane Heritage Registers, making it a rare example of the late nineteenth century development which grew up around Brisbane’s railway,” he said.

“Council is committed to protecting Brisbane’s history, character and way of life by retaining the things we love about our city, as illustrated in the recent launch of Brisbane’s Future Blueprint and this means preserving our heritage places, their landscapes, views and settings.”

Cr Bourke said the convent and its setting was an example of the character and heritage properties that Council would continue to safeguard for future generations to enjoy.

“This site is a rare, early example of Brisbane housing associated with engineer Charles Lambert Depree, as well as with the important educational, cultural and pastoral work of the site’s former owners, the Sisters of Mercy, having been used as convent since 1903,” he said.

Cr Bourke said that following the City Planning Committee’s recommendation to refuse the application this morning, a meeting of full Council would finalise the decision next week.

For more information, visit brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 3403 8888.